Waste and Recycling Policy

Waste and recycling policy for public events in Chalfont St Peter


1. At any public event staged in Chalfont St Peter, a commitment should be made at the highest organisational level, to reducing the impact of the event on the environment.

2. Putting waste into landfill is not environmentally or financially sustainable. Landfill is a major source of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas contributing to climate change and organisers of the event have to pay landfill tax on everything which goes into landfill. This rose to £64 per tonne in April 2012. Reducing waste going into landfill will save money and therefore the cost of putting on the event. This saving will help offset any additional cost of sourcing environmentally sound materials.

3. Consider reducing the environmental impact of your public event:

i.            By embedding a commitment to do so and to manage waste in your planning

ii.            Through a programme of raising public awareness prior to and during the event that it is a social responsibility to deal with waste by reducing, reusing and recycling at a public event

iii.            By analysing and preparing for the types of waste which are likely to be generated by the event

iv.            By identifying the right equipment and the necessary capacity to deal with anticipated waste

v.            By preparing a waste management system; deciding where recycling facilities should be, how and when they will get there and be taken away, who should be in charge, how many recycling wardens are needed to monitor the facilities, the levels of accumulating waste during the event, and what back up there should be should the recycling provision be overwhelmed

vi.            After the event, consider evaluating the successes of this aspect of the event and identify possible improvements, so that the experience may be positively built on in future.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

4. During the build up to an event, organisers could identify the types of waste that are likely to be generated by the event, so that they can work out what may be reduced, reused and recycled.

i.            Reduce

On the basis that less rubbish ‘in’ means less rubbish ‘out’, it would be extremely positive to minimise the amount of materials brought on site, in particular non recyclable material.

ii.            Reuse

Whilst it is often quite difficult to reuse equipment and materials at a public event, it is good to do as much as possible. For example, reusable items such as cups and utensils could be used instead of single use items. Simple cleaning facilities would be helpful in this.

iii.            Recycle

Organisers could ensure, as far as possible, that materials brought on site are recyclable and there are schemes in place to maximise the recycling of all waste streams.

5. It is the traders, stallholders and general public who can make the greatest difference to how successful a waste and recycling initiative may be.

i.            Traders and stallholders

When organisers are in touch with traders and stall holders in the build-up to the event, this is an opportunity to tell them about the waste and recycling policy. Organisers could additionally consider getting their buy-in by asking them to sign and return a note of their agreement to commit to the policy as part of their booking.

In addition, traders and stallholders could be provided with details of the recycling provision before the event and requested to bring materials such as food packaging, wrapping and prizes which are made of biodegradable or recyclable materials for which provision is going to be made. By bringing only such materials onto site, traders and stallholders are making a massive contribution to the environmental and financial sustainability of the event. Another way to reduce waste on site would be by asking traders and stallholders to deal with waste generated by their activities, by taking it off site themselves.

ii.            Public awareness

Recycling levels are likely to be improved by community buy-in to the policy. Therefore, in the run up to a public event, a publicity and awareness raising campaign could be rolled out, as widely as possible across the community. This could include posters, articles in local newspapers, workshops and presentations in schools and to businesses and community groups, such as cubs, brownies and other voluntary groups. This publicity campaign could focus on the individual and community responsibility of everybody attending the public event for the waste generated.

People are very used to everyday recycling and expect to see it when they are away from home at public events. Therefore, during the event, making public announcements to identify where the recycling facilities are would be helpful, as would asking people to dispose of any rubbish carefully or to take it home with them.

If recycling facilities are clearly marked, this is likely to increase usage.  For instance, clear labeling will help people sort their recycling into the right bin, and marking each recycling station with flags makes them more visible from a distance.

All volunteers helping with the event, and in particular the recycling wardens, could be made aware of and asked to commit to, the organisers’ policy of dealing with waste responsibly.

6. Fairtrade and the environment

Fairtrade products must be produced with an awareness of social and economic development and maintaining good environmental protection and sustainable agriculture. As such, they have less impact on the environment, and could be considered by both organisers and stallholders.

7. Inevitably there will still be some clearing up to do after the event. It would be helpful and efficient to find sufficient volunteers in advance to help with this task so that it may be done quickly and efficiently and without overwhelming a few stalwarts.



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